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WEST COLUMBIA CLEAN-UP DAY AND RECYCLING: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Clean out carports, garages, yard barns and storage sheds. Trim trees, shrubs and hedges. Weed flower beds. Rake yards and mow grass. Sweep driveways. Pick up trash, soda cans and cigarette butts along neighborhood streets. Separate clean-up day trash from regular household and yard waste. An electronics recycling truck will be set up at City Hall and will accept computers, monitors, printers, laptops, microwaves and TVs. Some clean-up day items will be picked up on Saturday but city sanitation trucks will pick up remaining items on the regular collection days Monday through Friday. For large appliances, furniture or bulky items, call the West Columbia Sanitation Department at (803) 796-8006 to schedule collection.
FALL VENDOR/CRAFT BAZAAR: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church, 501 Church St., West Columbia. Handmade crafts, baked goods and jewelry as well as popular brand vendors. (803) 755-2883
ADOPTION WEEKEND: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Pet Supplies Plus, 7467 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. SQ Rescue will be at the store with many adoptable dogs. During the month of October, Pet Supplies Plus will be donating proceeds on select merchandise, accepting donations and spreading awareness of homeless pets. (803) 749-5190
HOOP FOR LIFE: Basketball tournament, 2 p.m. Saturday at Bluff Road Park, 148 Carswell Road. Halftime entertainment and live DJ. Breast Cancer Awareness Month event sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Commission. Proceeds will benefit the Palmetto Health Foundation. (803) 776-8698
ADOPTION WEEKEND: 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Pet Supplies Plus, 7467 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. SQ Rescue will be at the store with many adoptable dogs. During the month of October, Pet Supplies Plus will be donating proceeds on select merchandise, accepting donations and spreading awareness of homeless pets. (803) 749-5190
ROCKY BRANCH BASH: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene St. Live music, food, cash bar, bike tuneups, rain barrel demonstration, leaf composting information, nature walk and a 4 p.m. rubber duck race - all in celebration of the opportunity to take Rocky Branch from a flood threat to a community asset. Sponsored by the Rocky Branch Watershed Alliance, a project of Sustainable Midlands.
HEALTH CARE FORUM: 10 a.m.-noon Thursday in the auditorium at Midlands Technical College Northeast campus, 151 Powell Road. Sponsored by State Rep. Joe McEachern and District 7 County Councilman Torrey Rush, the forum will feature a panel of experts, a Q&A session and the opportunity for people to sign up for health insurance (bring a photo ID and income verification). Seating is limited, refreshments will be served. To register, call (803) 929-6000
S.C. HEAD START AWARENESS DAY: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Showcase of South Carolina's premier comprehensive school readiness programs will include special attractions and activities for children and program quality recognitions. Free and open to the public. (843) 307-3286
ROOFTOP RHYTHMS: 5-9 p.m. Thursday on the on the rooftop of Richland Mall, Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive. Entertainment schedule features Bandkamp at 5 p.m. and Right to Party at 7 p.m. Balloon artists, face painting, sidewalk chalk, bounce house and slide for the kids. Forest Acres restaurants Tombo Grille, Village Idiot, Moe's, Pasta Fresca, Lizard's Thicket and Daley's Dogs will have dishes available for purchase. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers or pets, please.
"LOST IN YONKERS": 8 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at Sumter Little Theatre 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Playwright Neil Simon's 1991 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama is a family story about growing up, togetherness and trust. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150
BLYTHEFEST: 5-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church. 90 Boney Road, Blythewood. Live entertainment, food, silent auction, bake sale, book sale, local vendors, children's games and rides, face painting, haunted house, kids' costume contest. Proceeds will benefit the Blythewood community, schools and Midlands charitable organizations.
WKES HARVEST HOEDOWN: 6-8 p.m. Friday at White Knoll Elementary School, 132 White Knoll Way, West Columbia. Students and families are invited to take part in line dancing, bingo, a cakewalk, cornhole tournament, food and prizes.
JUKEBOX MEMORIES FOR ALZHEIMER'S: 7-10 p.m. Friday at Seawell's, 1125 Rosewood Drive. Area senior healthcare professionals will be performing popular tunes from the '60s and '70s; voting will take place in $1 bills, the performer to receive the most $1 bills will win the "ZAMMY" award. Tickets are $20; couples, $35. All tickets and voting monies will go directly to the Alzheimer's Association, Columbia chapter.
"TWELVE ANGRY JURORS": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 26, 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free admission but donations are greatly appreciated. (803) 771-0408, ext. 127
FALL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward St. Games, live music, bounce houses, barbecue pork or chicken plates, $10. (803) 771-4540
OKTOBERFEST: 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. Dine in or take out - brats, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German potato salad, desserts. Free child care available. (803) 240-9311 or (803) 359-2444, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Proceeds will benefit LICS and the church mission in Equador.
CHANTICLEER: 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Grammy-winning a capella choral group sings without a conductor. Tickets are $49; students, $24.50; groups, $40. Dinner and performance, $80. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com